The National Garden Exhibition Centre, Kilquade, contains over 20 permanent gardens each designed by some of Ireland’s top designers and landscapers. They are of varying sizes, styles and planting with something to suit most tastes. A must for anyone planning a new garden!
Samuel Hayes built Avondale House in the 1770’s and he collected and planted a range of tree species from all over the world. The House moved into the ownership of the Parnell family in the 1800’s and was the birth-place of the great Irishman, Charles Stewart Parnell.
The Gardens were developed 19th century by Thomas Acton in conjunction with Curators of the National Botanic Gardens. It contains numerous plant species from around the world that were introduced to Ireland for the first time. Kilmacurragh is particularly famous for its conifer and rhododendron collections.
Killruddery is a true celebration of the Great Outdoors and an authentic, bio-diverse space. It produces its own produce in chemical-free vegetables, fruit, cut-flowers and free-range meats that you can buy in their Farm Shop or eat from their ‘garden-to-plate’ menus in the Grain Store Café and Tea Room.
One of only 3 Irish gardens with a top rating from the UK’s The Good Gardens Guide, Mount Usher is not simply one of Ireland’s greatest gardens, but it’s a world-class example of a so-called Robinsonian garden, with its relaxed informality and natural layout. Monty Don has described it as one of his favourite gardens anywhere.
Powerscourt is one of the world’s great gardens and is located 20km south of Dublin City Centre. Set against the backdrop of the great Sugarloaf Mountain, Powerscourt is stunning in every season. From the ornate Italian Gardens, to the formal walks of the Rose and Kitchen Gardens